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Scholarships, Fellowships and Assistantships

  •  A variety of forms of financial assistance, including merit-based tuition scholarships, are available from the university to help students — including international students — offset the cost of tuition and fees.  

    It is not necessary to have an admission decision to begin the financial aid process. The Office of Student Financial Services can answer questions about applying for financial aid, calculating the overall cost of attendance, and billing and payment options.

    Scholarships and Fellowships

    New School Tuition Scholarships (offered on admission on the basis of merit)

    All graduate students in the Creative Writing Program who indicate on the application their interest in these awards will be considered for a competitive tuition scholarship. Awards are based on the strength of the application (Statement of Purpose; letters of recommendation, portfolio, if applicable; and prior academic performance) and the contributions the admission committee believes the applicant can make to the Creative Writing community. No additional application components are required for most university scholarships. Scholarships cover up to 75 percent of tuition. A large proportion of admitted students are offered merit-based tuition scholarships. 


    Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellowship Program

    The New School is one of the few universities eligible to enroll students who have been selected to receive graduate fellowships through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. Our mission of social responsibility, our master's degree programs, and the unique environment at The New School have made the university attractive to Paul D. Coverdell Fellows.


    The Peace Corps Description of Service must be accompanied by your application in order to be eligible for these competitive scholarships. This competitive award will cover 25 to 50 percent of tuition for the Creative Writing Program, as well as mandatory fees (university services and student senate fees).* The application fee is waived. There is no limit to the number of Coverdell Fellowship Recipients admitted to our programs for a given semester. 

    Impact Entrepreneurship Graduate Fellowship

    The Impact Entrepreneurship Graduate Fellowship is designed to attract and support high-potential leaders from diverse backgrounds who are committed to creating positive social impact through entrepreneurship while pursuing a master's degree at The New School. Fellows participate in a cohort-based experience that includes mentorship, workshops, networking opportunities, and the chance to apply for a Venture Lab in the second year of their program. Students who are selected for the Fellowship may be eligible for a supplemental scholarship if their program of study offers a scholarship of less than 50 percent. For more information on how to apply, visit the Impact Entrepreneurship website.* 

    Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program

    The university offers competitive scholarships of up to 50 percent of tuition costs to qualified permanent New York City government employees who are entering part-time students in the school's master's degree programs.* The Mayor's Graduate Scholarship is awarded for the duration of a student's registration in the program as long as the student takes at least six credits each semester and makes satisfactory academic progress. Applications are available from Mayor's Scholarship Program, Office of the Mayor, City Hall, New York, NY 10007. You must submit a letter of intent with your application in order to be eligible for the scholarship.

    Fulbright Program

    The Fulbright Program supports educational exchanges that strengthen understanding and communication between the United States and more than 140 countries. It is administered through the Institute for International Education (IIE). The fellowship is evaluated and awarded on a case-by-case basis; the decision is informed by IIE's evaluation. For more information on how to apply, visit the Fulbright website.


    Third-Party Funding

    Students expecting reimbursement from their employer or a sponsoring organization can defer payment of tuition and fees upon presentation of a signed official authorization from their employer or sponsor on company letterhead and a deferment form available on the Student Financial Services website.

    Assistantships for Current Students

    Graduate Student Teaching Program 

    The New School provides graduate students with employment opportunities as Teaching Fellows and Teaching Assistants. Teaching Fellows are the instructors of record for their courses and bear full responsibility for the classes they teach. Teaching Assistants work under the direction of a course instructor to help with a range of instructional responsibilities. View the Graduate Student Teaching Program page for details on how to apply.

    Research Assistant

    The student will support ongoing research projects and substantive academic tasks associated with coursework. The student will support ongoing research projects and substantive academic tasks associated with course work and/or faculty research. This position is available for faculty grant projects. Hours and rate: $18.40 per hour; total hours are assigned by faculty member.

    Creative Writing Teaching Fellowships

    Teaching fellowships are also available exclusively to MFA in Creative Writing students through the WriteOn NYC Program. Under the direction of Professor Helen Schulman, WriteOn NYC Teaching Fellows lead creative writing workshops for fourth through eighth grade students at George Jackson Academy in Manhattan. For 2017, the pay rate was $3,500 per semester.

    The New School and Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) provide up to six T&W associate opportunities for MFA Creative Writing candidates each year. Four students are selected for T&W education associate positions, and two students are selected as T&W editorial associates. T&W associates receive a stipend of $3,000.

    Additional teaching opportunities may be available at Parsons School of Design and the Teachers & Writers Collaborative.

    All MFA Creative Writing students are encouraged to register for the one-credit Teaching of Writing Seminar. Designed specifically for MFA students, the seminar focuses on teaching the creative writing workshop to a wide variety of populations, including undergraduate and adult students, K-12 students, and retired professionals, with specific training for working with incarcerated students and those in rehabilitation centers. The seminar is designed to prepare beginning teachers to enter the field and for experienced teachers who wish to expand their skill set.

    Research and Program Assistantships

    Each year, the MFA in Creative Writing is able to offer a limited number of research assistantships and program assistantships to MFA Creative Writing students. These assistantships are announced each spring for the following academic year. 

    Through the New York Women’s Foundation IGNITE! Initiative, two fellowships per year are awarded to second-year students. Fellows receive $7,500 to act as in-house journalists for the New York Women’s Foundation. They spend ten hours a week for 12 weeks both reporting and writing on the foundation’s activities in its office in Manhattan and visiting and reporting on grantee partners around the city.  


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